Adult Forum & Enrichment“Everybody’s got a hot button!” (or so the saying goes). Theoretically there was a time when people didn’t bring up politics or religion in polite conversation. There also seems to be a marked reticence to discuss the topics that dominate much of our emotional time and energy (money sex and power) in religious settings—perhaps the place that we could most use some divine inspiration if not intervention. This year’s Adult Forum series attempts to help us “get over it.” A gifted team of lay leaders (with a tad bit help and/or interference from clergy and guest presenters) will take us on a tour that is likely to hit at least one hot topic button for you. God-willing, together:
- We will seek (and find) God in new ways;
- We will look again at our understanding of God and our need for God’s grace and presence in all of our lives (individually and corporately); and
We will encounter God’s presence in our explorations, finding a time and “space” filled with play, laughter, quiet, rest, relationships, study, growth (and good work)—all in a divine balance!
The Forum is held on Sundays, 9:45-10:35 A.M. (Classes resume September 16.)
Watch the home page for additional programming in progress!
Follow this URL/link for the 2012-2013 Adult Formation information flier, which includes the calendar of topics for Forum.
End of Life Issues
Burial Instruction Form
Homosexuality and the Church
April 14 & 21 Homosexuality notes
Hot Topics in Church History
Feb 17 Lost Christianities
Feb 24 Books that Didn't Make the Bible
Mar 3 Constantine and the Council of Nicaea
Mar 10 The Crusades
Mar 17 Establishment of the Anglican Church
Mar 24 Contemporary Topics
Common Table / Open Table - January 27, February 3, February 10
Who is welcome at the communion table? Only those who are baptized?
Week 1 - January 27
Week 2 - February 3
Week 3 - February 10
Statement from the House of Bishops
Background essays from Episcopal Cafe
ENS Convention prep material, 2012
ATR1 - Who May be Invited
ATR2 - Discerning open table
ATR3 - In Praise of Open Communion
ATR4 - The Practice of Open Table
ATR5 - A Brief Reflection on Tanner
ATR6 - Opening the Table
ATR7 - Following Jesus Outside
Economics and Christian Ethics - December 9 and 16
Lively discussions on a topic that is real to all of us!
December 9 powerpoint
December 16 powerpoint
Scripture passages from December 16
Other sources of interest:
Stewardship in Episcopal Church: http://www.tens.org/about-tens/our-mission-and-ministry/
Episcopal Church and economic justice: http://www.enej.org/
Christian Fernholz suggests this book about what it is like to try and move up economically in today's America:
"Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting By in America"
Diocesan Convention - November 11
Strategic plan and resolutions passed
Stewardship / Vestry Panel - November 4
For a list of vestry members and their focus areas, see the Sunday bulletin.
Here are the flyers that were distributed last month highlighting the four Core Values of St. Anne, showing what we are currently doing in each area and ideas for how we could grow each area with additional resources.
Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Healing
October 14, 21, and 28.
"Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us." Simple words to say; how do we live them?
Introduction, October 14
Confession, October 21
Reconciliation, October 28
Good News, a congregational resource for reconciliation
In September, we spent three weeks discussing issues around immigration.
The first week we explored our own experiences and impressions of immigration, and reviewed some historical and current data. We began talking about some of the knotty dilemmas and positions surrounding legal and illegal immigration. Some of the powerpint material from week 1 is available here.
What does the Episcopal church say? We suggest you read the Bishops' pastoral letter (second link). Extra credit for reading the full theological statement. In September 2010, The House of Bishops told the Episcopal Church that the starting point for any effort towards immigration reform begins with "an obligation to advocate for every undocumented worker as already being a citizen of God's reign on earth and one for whom Christ died." The statement came in a 17-page document titled "The Nation and the Common Good: Reflections on Immigration Reform," which is meant to be used as a theological resource on migration and immigration. In an accompanying pastoral letter, the bishops rooted their statements in the baptismal covenant's call to respect the dignity of every human being.
Answers to some questions from week 1:
Annual limits on green cards are:
Other relatives, immediate family of green cards: 226,000
Per country: 7% of the total
On September 30, we discussed the pastoral letter and its impications for today's issues. Powerpoint from week 2 is available here.
On October 7, we will work to construct a Christian approach to the immigration issue. Look forward to a guest speaker who is actively working to show hospitality to immigrants in our midst and facilitate their effective integration into the community. To prepare for October 7, we suggest you read these two opinion pieces from CNN:
Why "illegal immigrant" is a slur
"Illegal immigrant" is the uncomfortable truth
More resources of interest:
What The Scriptures Say About Immigration
MigrationPolicy.org: site of the non-partisan Migration Policy Institute. Includes numerous migration resources including studies and papers, searchable on US and other countries
US Citizenship and Immigration Services official website
Carlos de Jesus gave us a quick look at the Ministerio Latino of our diocese, click here to see his presentation and contact information; get in touch with him if you would like more information or are interested in getting involved in this very effective ministry.
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